Oversteering vs. Understeering: Understanding the Difference and Mechanics

The terms oversteer and understand are terms to describe the way that a vehicle responds to the steering mechanism as it relates to the dynamics. As the name implies, oversteering is when the vehicle turns more than the driver initiates while understeering occurs when the vehicle turns less than the driver commands would expect.

Oversteering is more likely to occur in vehicles that are equipped with rear-wheel-drive. Conversely, understeering is more likely to happen when driving a front-wheel-drive vehicle. Understeering is a result of a lack of grip equating to low response to the driver while oversteering happens when the front side of the vehicle exhibits more grip than the back side.

The expert associates at Lev Kia of Framingham can help you to better understand these concepts and also ensure that your vehicle is properly maintained so that it steers neutrally. We look forward to providing you with the best vehicle service possible.

 

 

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